NBA Power Rankings: Week 23

Riding a franchise-record 18-game winning streak, the San Antonio Spurs remain ranked No. 1 in the NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of March 31.

The Spurs routed the reeling Indiana Pacers Monday night, 103-77. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers have lost six of their last eight games and have fallen five spots in this week’s NBA Power Rankings to No. 18.

The Brooklyn Nets will try to establish a franchise record for consecutive home wins Tuesday night when they face the No. 4 Houston Rockets. Brooklyn was the week’s biggest upward mover in the NBA Power Rankings, improving four spots to No. 10.

After San Antonio, Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston, and Miami round out the top five teams in the NBA Power Rankings. Memphis, Golden State, Chicago, Dallas, and the Nets complete the top ten.

Despite ending their NBA-record-tying 26 game losing streak, the Philadelphia 76ers remained mired in the No. 30 spot in the NBA Power Rankings. The Sixers blasted Detroit 123-98 Saturday night to avoid setting the record for longest losing streak in major American professional sports.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of March 31, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1San Antonio.8720
2Oklahoma City.6121
3LA Clippers.611-1
4Houston.5060
5Miami.4621
6Memphis.3661
7Golden State.319-2
8Chicago.2690
9Dallas.2620
10Brooklyn.2534
11Phoenix.2391
12Minnesota.212-2
13Toronto.200-2
14Portland.1222
15Washington.0493
16Charlotte.018-1
17New Orleans-.0330
18Indiana-.108-5
19New York-.1640
20Atlanta-.2000
21Cleveland-.2210
22Sacramento-.2640
23Boston-.3552
24Utah-.4030
25Orlando-.4492
26Detroit-.489-3
27LA Lakers-.4981
28Denver-.509-2
29Milwaukee-.6300
30Philadelphia-1.0960

NBA Power Rankings: Week 11

Oklahoma City is the top team in the NBA Sports Power Rankings for the sixth consecutive week.

The Thunder’s rating dropped .155, leaving Oklahoma City .049 ahead of surging Golden State, which has ridden a 10-game winning streak, the Warriors’ longest in 38 years, to the No. 2 slot. The Warriors moved ahead of No. 3 San Antonio.

Indiana, which has won eight of its last nine games, remains at No. 4 in the NBA Power Rankings.

No new teams entered the top 13 this week, although there was a bit of shuffling in spots five through 12. Miami, Minnesota, Portland, and the Los Angeles Clippers are ranked five through eight, in that order, with the Heat and Timberwolves each moving up two slots and the Trailblazers and Clippers each moving down two places.

Phoenix and Houston round out the top ten. Toronto and Atlanta switched places at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, with Dallas remaining at No. 13.

The next three teams in the NBA Power Rankings are three of the biggest upward movers this week. Denver improved five places to No. 14; New York vaulted nine slots to No. 15; and Chicago leapt seven spots to No. 16.

Boston, which has lost five games in a row and eight of their last nine, plummeted 11 places to No. 27.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of January 7, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.7600
2Golden State.7111
3San Antonio.704-1
4Indiana.6010
5Miami.4212
6Minnesota.4042
7Portland.397-2
8LA Clippers.347-2
9Phoenix.3080
10Houston.2120
11Toronto.1391
12Atlanta.124-1
13Dallas.0580
14Denver.0205
15New York-.1159
16Chicago-.1407
17New Orleans-.169-3
18Washington-.187-3
19Sacramento-.194-1
20Memphis-.2341
21Cleveland-.3104
22Orlando-.325-5
23Detroit-.345-3
24Utah-.3473
25LA Lakers-.3471
26Charlotte-.392-4
27Boston-.399-11
28Brooklyn-.4470
29Philadelphia-.5330
30Milwaukee-.7380

NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

Despite losing two of their last three games at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder remain the top team in the NBA Sports Power Rankings as the 2013-14 season enters its third month.

The Thunder had a three-game winning streak erased on Tuesday night when the Portland Trail Blazers came to Oklahoma City and left with a 98-94 victory. It was only the Thunder’s second home loss of the season.

The San Antonio Spurs remain the No. 2 club in the NBA Power Rankings. The Spurs have won three straight, highlighted by Tuesday’s 113-92 drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio.

The Golden State Warriors were one of the biggest upward movers in this week’s NBA Power Rankings, leaping four spots to No. 3. The red-hot Warriors have won six straight games.

New Orleans also improved four spots to No. 14.

Miami took the biggest fall among the top ten teams, dropping three places to No. 7, despite going 3-1 on a west-coast swing.

Denver, Detroit, and New York each dropped five spots in the NBA Power Rankings, to No. 19, No. 20, and No. 24, respectively.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of January 1, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.9150
2San Antonio.7010
3Golden State.6514
4Indiana.534-1
5Portland.4930
6LA Clippers.3910
7Miami.383-3
8Minnesota.3053
9Phoenix.284-1
10Houston.2200
11Atlanta.202-2
12Toronto.1770
13Dallas.1370
14New Orleans-.0874
15Washington-.1802
16Boston-.1850
17Orlando-.1983
18Sacramento-.2063
19Denver-.227-5
20Detroit-.228-5
21Memphis-.2333
22Charlotte-.2760
23Chicago-.2842
24New York-.359-5
25Cleveland-.3612
26LA Lakers-.386-3
27Utah-.449-1
28Brooklyn-.5890
29Philadelphia-.5921
30Milwaukee-.654-1

NBA Power Rankings: Week 9

Despite suffering their first home court loss of the season Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder remain atop the NBA Sports Power Rankings, as the league approaches the Christmas holiday.

The twelfth-ranked Toronto Raptors edged the Thunder 104-98 on Sunday night. Oklahoma city will visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.

The top seven teams in the NBA Power Rankings remained the same from the previous week, with only Indiana and Portand switching spots, to No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.

The Atlanta Hawks improved four spots to No. 9. New Orleans also improved four places to No. 18.

The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers each fell three spots, to No. 19, No. 21, and No. 23 respectively.

Here are the complete NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of December 23, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE 
1Oklahoma City.8410
2San Antonio.7030
3Indiana.6342
4Miami.5360
5Portland.506-2
6LA Clippers.4860
7Golden State.4810
8Phoenix.3271
9Atlanta.2404
10Houston.219-2
11Minnesota.153-1
12Toronto.1380
13Dallas.043-2
14Denver-.0210
15Detroit-.0810
16Boston-.0811
17Washington-.1612
18New Orleans-.1774
19New York-.211-3
20Orlando-.2133
21Sacramento-.268-3
22Charlotte-.269-1
23LA Lakers-.295-3
24Memphis-.3271
25Chicago-.3603
26Utah-.461-2
27Cleveland-.4870
28Brooklyn-.554-2
29Milwaukee-.6851
30Philadelphia-.707-1

NBA Power Rankings: Week 8

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs remain the two best teams in the NBA according to the NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of December 17.

The Thunder have won seven straight games as star forward Kevin Durant has scored at least 28 points in six of the seven wins. The Spurs had a four-game winning streak cut short Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Twenty-six of the 30 NBA teams changed positions in the NBA Power Rankings this week. The biggest upward moves were made by the Toronto Raptors, up five spots to No. 12; the New York Knicks, up nine slots to No. 16; and the Utah Jazz, who improved five positions to No. 24.

Teams taking nosedives in the NBA Power Rankings included Houston and Denver, who each fell four places to No. 8 and No. 14, respectively; Sacramento, which fell seven spots to No. 18; and Chicago, which plunged seven places to No. 28.

Here are the complete NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of December 17, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.9140
2San Antonio.7010
3Portland.5842
4Miami.5072
5Indiana.486-2
6LA Clippers.3882
7Golden State.3582
8Houston.265-4
9Phoenix.2363
10Minnesota.225-3
11Dallas.0962
12Toronto.0575
13Atlanta.0261
14Denver.022-4
15Detroit-.0311
16New York-.0329
17Boston-.043-2
18Sacramento-.138-7
19Washington-.2120
20LA Lakers-.217-2
21Charlotte-.2262
22New Orleans-.255-2
23Orlando-.265-1
24Utah-.3115
25Memphis-.347-1
26Brooklyn-.3722
27Cleveland-.389-1
28Chicago-.431-7
29Philadelphia-.742-2
30Milwaukee-.8020

NBA Sports Power Rankings: Week 7

The top five teams in the NBA Sports Power Rankings remain unchanged from one week ago.

Oklahoma City tops the NBA Power Rankings, followed by San Antonio, Indiana, Houston, and Portland.

The only movement among the top ten teams had Miami and Minneosta swapping places at No. 6 and No. 7, and Golden State and Denver flip-flopping at Nos. 9 and 10.

There was considerable juggling among the middle ten teams. The biggest upward movers included Sacramento, up 10 spots to No. 11; Phoenix, up six places to No. 12; Atlanta, also a plus-six at No. 14; and Boston, which improved 8 places to No. 15.

Teams spiraling downward included Memphis, which fell 8 spots to No. 24; and the Los Angles Lakers and Orlando Magic, which each dropped five places to Nos. 18 and 22, respectively.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of December 10, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.8740
2San Antonio.6850
3Indiana.5990
4Houston.5170
5Portland.4830
6Miami.4631
7Minnesota.339-1
8LA Clippers.2470
9Golden State.2081
10Denver.173-1
11Sacramento.10510
12Phoenix.0856
13Dallas.047-2
14Atlanta-.0086
15Boston-.0308
16Detroit-.045-4
17Toronto-.045-3
18LA Lakers-.104-5
19Washington-.124-4
20New Orleans-.175-1
21Chicago-.2291
22Orlando-.292-5
23Charlotte-.3043
24Memphis-.347-8
25New York-.365-1
26Cleveland-.5003
27Philadelphia-.556-2
28Brooklyn-.564-1
29Utah-.631-1
30Milwaukee-.6530

NBA Sports Power Rankings — Week 3

The undefeated Indiana Pacers lead the way in the NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of November 10.

The Pacers have won a franchise-best seven straight games to open the season. Indiana will host No. 15 Memphis and No. 17 Milwaukee this week before embarking on a three-game road trip to Chicago, New York, and Boston.

The Golden State Warriors, despite going 2-2 on a tough four-game road trip, rank second in the NBA Power Rankings. The Warriors return home for games against Detroit, Oklahoma City, and Utah this week.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who dismantled the Los Angles Lakers by 23 points Sunday for their first win over the Lakers since 2007, are rated third in the NBA Power Rankings. The T-Wolves play at the Staples Center again tonight, against the No. 16 Los Angeles Clippers.

The hot-shooting San Antonio Spurs are ranked fourth in the NBA Power Rankings. The New Orleans Pelicans round out the top five.

Here are the complete NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of November 10, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATING
1Indiana.854
2Golden State.546
3Minnesota.515
4San Antonio.502
5New Orleans.362
6Orlando.340
7Detroit.319
8Miami.302
9Oklahoma City.283
10Portland.218
11Phoenix.215
12Houston.207
13Dallas.186
14Toronto.185
15Memphis.097
16LA Clippers.061
17Milwaukee-.075
18New York-.162
19Washington-.164
20Brooklyn-.171
21Atlanta-.274
22Boston-.350
23LA Lakers-.364
24Cleveland-.376
25Philadelphia-.414
26Chicago-.459
27Sacramento-.538
28Charlotte-.589
29Denver-.689
30Utah-1.152